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Monday, July 18

Ambode heads Edo APC campaign, PDP urges free poll

The Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, has been appointed as the Chairman of the National Campaign Council of the All Progressives Congress for the September 10 governorship election in Edo State.

The council comprises serving governors and deputy governors, former governors and deputy governors, serving ministers, senators, members of the House of Representatives and other prominent APC members across the country.

The maiden meeting of the council, which held immediately after its inauguration, was attended by the Imo State Governor and the  Chairman of the APC Governors’ Forum, Rochas Okorocha; Adams Oshiomhole (Edo), Abdullahi Ganduje (Kano), Simon Lalung (Plateau), Nasir el-Rufai (Kaduna, co-Chairman) and Mohammed Abubakar (Bauchi).
The governors of Niger, Nasarawa, Jigawa, Borno, Kwara, Oyo and Kogi  states were represented by their respective deputy governors.

Also present were the National Chairman of the APC, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun; the Deputy National Chairman (South), Mr. Segun Oni;  the National Organising Secretary, Senator Osita Izunaso; a national leader of the party and a former governor of Osun State, Prince Olagunsoye Oyinlola; Minister of Labour and Productivity, Dr. Chris Ngige; and the South-South zonal chairman, Mr. Hilliard Ettah.

While inaugurating the council on Saturday in Benin, Odigie-Oyegun, charged the members to ensure a convincing victory for the ruling party, with the numerous achievements of the incumbent governor.
He explained, “It is an election which we should, and I am sure (we) will win relatively easily. I say that because this is a state that for decades has been, so to speak, privatised until the advent of the current administration. It is an election where even the blind can say he is aware of the development that has taken place.

“It is an election that even the dumb and the deaf will say they are aware of the great strides that have taken place in Edo State, especially in the wake of the 10 immediate preceding years of the current administration.”
Odigie-Oyegun continued, “So, as comrade would say, this is not a state where you earmark projects and programmes. It is a state where you eyemark them. You see them; you actually see them on the ground.”

“So, my charge to this committee is not that they should deliver Edo State; it is a lot more than that. It is that they should deliver Edo State with a margin that tells the whole story.”
Responding on behalf of members of the national campaign council, Ambode, who was represented by el-Rufai, pledged the commitment of the council to deliver on its responsibility.

Meanwhile, the Peoples Democratic Party has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to allow for a level playing field in the September 10 governorship election in Edo State.
The party,  in a statement in Abuja on Sunday, said the stage was now set for the people of the state to decide among the parties’ candidate who was more prepared to deliver democracy dividends to the people of Edo State.

Source: PUNCH NEWSPAPER.        

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